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Full Details Announced for Upcoming Jimi Hendrix Album, People, Hell and Angels

11/28/2012

Official details have been announced about the new Jimi Hendrix rarities album, People, Hell and Angels, that's scheduled to be released on March 5, 2013.  The collection will feature 12 previously unreleased studio recordings from 1968 and 1969 on which the guitar virtuoso worked with his Band of Gypsys collaborators Buddy Miles and Billy Cox, as well as Stephen Stills, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and other musicians.

A number of the songs on People, Hell and Angels are alternate and/or original versions of tunes that previously appeared on such posthumous Hendrix albums as Rainbow Bridge, Nine to the Universe, Crash Landing and Midnight Lightning.  The album was co-produced by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer, John McDermott and Jimi's sister Janie, who is the president and CEO of Experience Hendrix.

Among the many standout tracks is a recently discovered rendition of "Somewhere" that was recorded in March 1968 with Stills on bass and Miles on drums.  A video has been posted at RollingStone.com that features Kramer discussing People, Hell and Angels, in general, as well as playing a segment of "Somewhere" and commenting about the song.

In the clip, Kramer talks about the period during which Hendrix recorded the tracks that are featured on the upcoming album.  "He was experimenting and trying all these different musicians, sort of stretching out the boundaries," he explains, "and it [yielded] some fantastic songs."

Then, after playing part of "Somewhere," Kramer points out that the tune features "a fantastic example of Jimi's amazing control of the wah-wah [pedal]."

People, Hell and Angels is available for pre-order now on CD and vinyl at Amazon.com.  A special $2 discount is being offered to those ordering the album before March 5.

Photo courtesy of rollingstone.com

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